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Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing gets historic new leader

Jun. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing has a new leader — the first woman to command the 80-year-old reconnaissance unit. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Col. Kristen Thompson took over command Tuesday, becoming...

Dike, Michel each score 2 goals in Orlando City's 5-0 win

Jun. 22, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daryl Dike and Benji Michel each scored two goals, and Nani had a goal and two assists as Orlando City beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Tuesday night. Orlando (5-1-3) won for the fifth time in seven games — with a draw. San Jose (3-6-1) has...

Western wildfires force evacuations, shut down recreation

Jun. 22, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in northern Arizona crept closer to the region’s largest city Tuesday, threatening to force people from their homes. The lightning-caused fire near Flagstaff was one of dozens that have scorched large swaths of the U.S. West and kept...

US wildfire officials see increasing demand for firefighters

Jun. 22, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire officials expecting increased fire activity and more demand for firefighters and equipment have raised the national preparedness to level 4 — which is unusual for June. The National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday that it’s the...

Biden to 'bring every resource' to manage busy storm season

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration needs to “bring every resource to bear" to deal with natural disasters as huge swaths of the country have already endured extreme weather with the summer season just starting. The president...

Arizona feeling brunt of wildfire activity across US West

Jun. 21, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of wildfires were burning in hot, dry conditions across the U.S. West, including a blaze touched off by lightning that was moving toward northern Arizona's largest city. The mountainous city of Flagstaff was shrouded in smoke Monday, and...

Rainstorms bring relief as Europe suffers summer heat wave

Jun. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thunderstorms brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend as the continent sweltered under its first summer heat wave. Dozens of people were reported drowned as they sought relief from the heat. Forecasters predicted further...

More rain needed to make up for current deficit in Minnesota

Jun. 21, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sunday's rain in Minnesota will help ease drought conditions and elevated fire danger, but experts say it's not nearly enough to make up for the current rainfall deficit. The entire state is classified as abnormally dry and more than half of...

Crews hike to remote area to battle California wildfire

Jun. 20, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that forced the evacuation of a campground and Buddhist retreat center has burned more than 3.2 square miles (8.3 square km) of dry brush in inaccessible terrain on California's central coast, officials said Sunday. There's zero...

Tornado damages homes, structures; no injuries reported

Jun. 20, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

FORT RECOVERY, Ohio (AP) — Weather officials say a tornado near the Ohio-Indiana border last week damaged houses and other structures but caused no reported injuries. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington, Ohio says the EF-2 tornado touched down near Fort...